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October 2010: Harvest days!

Once again, a good and attractive vintage !

In mid September the harvest was already looking very promising, in spite of a dryness which began to worry us (hey, the vine is a plant and needs water as any other plant. As it is, the Saumur area is the dryest and hottest spot in the entire Loire Valley...).

And the rain came as hoped, at the end of September. But then, a little bit too much...oh dear, the rot will explode...then in October, just as the producers were beginning to pull their hair out (mostly those who had not grassed through their vines nor their grapes ventilated), the good weather returned, bringing with it a chilling and drying north-easterly wind  : so we harvested the Cabernet Franc for the reds in a perfect state, obtaining 14° !

The Chenin Blanc grapes (which are sensitive to rot) concentrated so quickly that two tris were made within a week of each other, with juice coming in at 20°.

Happy as a king in his Loire Valley kingdom - even if the yields were lower than the previous year.